Altruistic stewardship. Balancing institutional and community vitality. These are the twin challenges this year's Trustees of the Year award winners have been able to embrace and master. The two winners represent role models for these times of change, constraints and opportunity.
From Deer Lodge, Mont., to Binghamton, N.Y., thousands of local leaders invest their time and talent through a hospital board position to enhance their communities' health. It is this type of selfless investment that continues to serve as one of the essential strengths of the U.S. health services sector. It is an investment that has generated positive returns and that must be protected in the rush to embrace managed care and capacity reductions.
Individuals such as Pat McGillis and William Rincker are being recognized for their contributions and leadership. They would be the first to suggest, however, that scores of other leaders also are making contributions at the local community, state and national levels. Their selection was difficult because of the many nominations received from across the country.
Join with the Governance Institute and MODERN HEALTHCARE in acknowledging the contributions made by this year's winners. And take time to show your appreciation to the other trustees in your communities who are going the extra mile to help advance healthcare for their fellow citizens.